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President Obama has designated three desert areas in California as national monuments.

The move permanently protects "nearly 1.8 million acres of America's public lands," the White House says in a news release.

All three areas lie east of Los Angeles. Two of the new monuments — Castle Mountains and Mojave Trails — are near California's border with Nevada.

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DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

Gov. Walker announced Friday that his Corrections Secretary Edward Wall resigned on February 5, as the public learns of possible criminal activity at Lincoln Hills School for Boys four years ago.  

In a press release, Walker thanked Secretary Wall "for his years of dedicated service to the Department of Corrections and the State of Wisconsin" and wished him "all the best as he continues his service in law enforcement."

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vermont senator Bernie Sanders sparred over a variety of issues last night at UW-Milwaukee. It was their first debate since Sanders’s big win in the New Hampshire primary.

The debate covered issues ranging from mass incarceration to regime change. But throughout, Sanders tried to stick to his message about taking on Wall Street, while Clinton pointed to her broad agenda as the more fiscally responsible one.

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When PBS announced it would host a Democratic presidential candidates’ debate at UW-Milwaukee, students rushed to find tickets - only to find they weren’t being sold at all. Although somewhat disappointed, students remained proud to host the event and eager to watch it, even through a live screening across the street in the university Union.

Just 48 hours after his landslide win in New Hampshire, Bernie Sanders was in Milwaukee, Wis., reminding everyone how far he had come in his quest for the presidency — and perhaps realizing how far he still has to go.

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As Bernie Sanders sees it, Wall Street got a big boost when U.S. taxpayers bailed out some of the largest financial institutions in 2008. Now it's time for Wall Street to return the favor.

Sanders has proposed something he calls a speculation tax, a small levy on every stock, bond or derivative sold in the United States.

The revenue would go toward free tuition at public colleges and universities and would also be used to pare down student debt and pay for work-study programs, as well as other programs, Sanders says.

The director of the federal government team that interrogates key terrorism suspects has a message for people who want to see a return to waterboarding and other abusive strategies: They don't work.

Frazier Thompson, who leads the High-Value Detainee Interrogation Group, said research demonstrates that "rapport-based techniques elicit the most credible information."

In an interview at FBI headquarters this week, Thompson added: "I can tell you that everything that we do is humane, lawful and based on the best science available."

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